Contemporary Art Week!
Chris Rahn for Magic: The Gathering, 2008
"Hey lets have a Contemporary Art Week here at Medieval POC"
"Ok so you’re gonna post contemporary black artists? cool"
"well only if they draw obvious influence from early art, oh and we’ll post literal Magic the Gathering art"
*jerk off motion*
You know, I am actually amazed at how angry Contemporary Art Week has made this many people. I didn’t think it was possible to really be amazed anymore, but it’s probably the surprise factor still hanging on after all this time that keeps me going sometimes. I am genuinely baffled by this response, and how you came to this conclusion…or what you personally were expecting.
I chose to showcase one of the progressive frontiers of representation in one of the largest employers of contemporary fantasy artists working today, Wizards of the Coast.
I also want to take this opportunity to let my readers who are fantasy artists know that they WILL LOOK AT YOUR ART.
Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
They offer careers in game design, marketing, finances and accounting, creative departments, software development, and much more. You can view a list of current job openings here.
There are more resources here for artists who are interested in creating works for Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, TOR Books, and more.
It’s not just important to have representation, it’s important to have people of color on creation teams, putting their stuff out there, and making a huge difference by and for fantasy fans of color.
Apparently Chris Rahn is POC. Didn’t know that. In general, though I love MTG including its art, I’m often not familiar with the artists themselves, and the few I’ve seen pictures of are white.
The game does seem to do fairly well with having POC figures in the artwork (including in the Greek mythology themed Theros block; I understand European-style settings can often be a cop-out on this issue)
Also, while the game has some cheesecake art, it isn’t as bad in intensity or frequency compared to a lot of fantasy art.
And complaining about the MTG mention seems like anti-popular elitism or something like that.